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Good Food Month: the Biggest Food Festival on Earth

Taste the best cuisine Australia has to offer at the world's largest food festival.


By Jac Taylor

Fuelled by Australia’s passionate food culture, Good Food Month is a travelling food festival that runs throughout the year, stopping in different cities for a month at a time. More than 1,000 events take place over the course of each year, sometimes coinciding with other goings-on like Canberra's festival of lights. Through the festival, two million foodies can meet Australia's most innovative chefs and food producers, try regional Australian produce and enjoy some of the nation's best fine dining experiences, usually at lower prices. If you happen to be visiting a city when Good Food Month is in town, be sure to book tickets to one of the many events.

  • Where: Various Cities
  • When: March-November
  • Price: $$

Select your city at goodfoodmonth.com. Bookings generally open a month before Good Food Month begins in each city. 

THINGS TO DO

Start the day right in Brisbane
Australians just love breakfast or brunch, and most Australian cafés take their breakfast menus seriously. When Good Food Month comes to Brisbane in July, many local cafés celebrate by taking part in the 'Breakfast Club'. Each creates its own special breakfast menu, served complete with a tea or coffee for $20. Aside from experiencing a great Australian ritual, you may find yourself sampling some inventive culinary creations – every café offers surprising takes on the morning meal, whether it be green-tea waffles or a savoury breakfast risotto. 

Good Food Month takes place in Brisbane 1-31 July, 2017.

Canberra's Festival of Lights and Night Noodle Markets
The true diversity of Australian cuisine is celebrated at the free, family-friendly Night Noodle Markets held in each city during Good Food Month. These Asian hawker-style markets showcase a variety of delicacies, from Chinese bao and Malay satay, to Filipino BBQ and Thai curries. Canberra's Night Noodle Markets are particularly special, as they coincide with Canberra’s Enlighten event. The capital’s annual festival of lights illuminates its most famous buildings as a backdrop to this modern night market. Try new dishes at stalls run by some of the city’s most innovative eateries as you're entertained by live local music acts. The event normally features themed bars and chill-out zones too. 

Good Food Month takes place in Canberra 1-31 March, 2017.

Melbourne Sweet Treats 
Melbourne's Good Food Month includes Sweetfest, a two-day celebration displaying the talent of some of the city's top dessert chefs. This heavenly ice-cream and dessert-filled festival is held in North Melbourne's Meat Market, a beautiful heritage location named after its past incarnation. The event attracts locals and travellers eager to see if the featured chefs can outdo the giant raspberry macarons or famous caramelised bacon ice-cream sandwich of years past. Learn how to make your own sweet treats from cake experts and pastry specialists, or simply sip sparkling wine and sample (and Instagram) it all. 

Good Food Month takes place in Melbourne 1-30 November, 2017.

Perth Food Innovation
The spirit of every Good Food Month is experimentation and foodie innovation, but when the festival comes to Perth, local chefs get even more daring. The city has many top restaurants, and Good Food Month's Hats Off program holds one-night-only dinners in eateries with at least one Chef Hat prize awarded. Perth’s celebrity chefs use this chance to devise brilliant new dishes either by themselves or as a combined dream team, then let you taste the results.

Good Food Month takes place in Perth 30 March-30 April, 2017.

Sydney Spring Party 
In Sydney, Good Food Month falls in October, just as spring comes into full bloom in the Southern Hemisphere. Good Food Month Sydney's picnic event, the Spring Social, is always a highlight of the social calendar. Croquet, live piano music and walking the white carpet set the mood for this 1920s-style garden party, where some of Sydney’s best chefs get busy on the barbecues and dessert tables. Soak up the Sydney sunshine with a Pimms cocktail.

Good Food Month takes place in Sydney 1-31 October, 2017.

DON’T MISS

Perhaps the most widely enjoyed part of Good Food Month throughout the country is its Let’s Do Lunch program. Some of Australia’s best restaurants offer a set menu at an accessible price, allowing you to try some big-name dining on a budget. Bookings are advised – the more popular the restaurant, the faster its reservations go.

HOW TO GET THERE

Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney all have international and domestic airports. The vast majority of international airlines fly into the major transport hubs of Sydney and Melbourne.  

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